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Brasov, Romania
Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov
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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Head into the wild and see Carpathian brown bears up close on this 3-hour tour from Brașov. Meet your guide in the city at sunset, then journey into the Carpathian Mountains, where you'll join up with a ranger. Trek into the forest in search of a hide, then wait quietly in hope of spotting the bears that inhabit the region. You might also see deer, wild boar, lynx and other native wildlife. Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour.
  • 3-hour bear-watching experience from Brașov
  • Travel to the forests of the Carpathian Mountains to see Carpathian brown bears in the wild
  • Watch for bears and cubs in the woodlands from a secure hide
  • Spot other wildlife, such as deer, lynx, wild boar and game birds
  • Be escorted to and from your hide by an experienced forest ranger

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A naturalist guide increases your chances of seeing wild brown bears in the wild twofold.
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Professional driver-guide
Round-trip transport by air-conditioned car or minivan
Forest ranger escort in forest
Hotel (only from Brasov city) pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Photography tax if photos for professional use
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Brasov , Brasov, Brasov, Brasov County, Central Romania, Transylvania
  • Kronwell Brasov Hotel , 7 Garii Blvd, Brasov 500300 Romania
  • Safrano Bed & Breakfast , Piata Sfatului 23, Brasov 500025 Romania
  • 4:30 PM
    This activity will end right where it started.The starting time is between 15:00 - 18:00, depending of the month! We inform you about the exact pick up time/meeting time with 2-3 days before! Extra charges apply if you are staying in Poiana Brasov resort!
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended
    • Do NOT dress in bright colors
    • Do NOT use any perfume
    • Do NOT bring any food with you
    • Minimum booking numbers apply (2 pax). If you would like to join as 1 person please note that the price for 2 is be applicable. In case we have other tourists, we refund the difference you paid as solo traveler, after the tour.
    • Minimum age allowed: 12 years old.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Active Travel Day Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov.

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    • "Feeding points are about 50m away, so binoculars are useful, but not vital." See review
    • "Definitely advised if you want to watch wild bears from a safe distance but still close enough to photograph them." See review

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    star-5
    A wonderful experience with the bears
    Lewis_C
    , Jul 2022
    We saw six brown bears over the course of the evening - was very special. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the bears and their habitats etc. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in seeing bears in Romania.
    star-5
    Great experience, highly recommended
    Robert_P
    , Jun 2022
    Had a really good evening out in a beautiful bit of countryside with a knowledgeable guide. Be prepared to be patient- the bears come on their own timetable
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you so much for reviewing our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Robert!
    star-5
    This was really an...
    Ivan_T
    , Jun 2022
    This was really an amazing experience . Under the conditions of controlled risk we have experienced the real adrenaline of seeing bears life in their real environment . To see their habits , behavior and relationships in the wild . Something you can never see in the zoo . And our guide Kalin was absolute professional , controlling the group and the situation in a perfect way . He transferred his calmness and confidence to everyone .
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    We appreciate your detailed review about our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Ivan! Thank you for booking with us!
    star-5
    Thrilling experience to watch
    Alain_M
    , Jun 2022
    Great guide, well executed. Great experience and must be done. Everyone should book this if coming to Brasov
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Thank you so much for reviewing our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Alain!
    star-5
    Awesome!
    Emma_P
    , Jun 2022
    We had an amazing time on this tour. Our guide Calin was very knowledgable and made us feel safe. After being picked up from Brasov, we drove about an hour, then had a short walk to the hide. We sat in the hide and after a while heard twigs snapping and bear growls. Then we saw a young bear and later a bigger bear. It was a magical experience. Calin apologised that we didnt see more bears, but we were over the moon with the ones we saw. He believed that the growls we could hear were two big bears trying to mate which was scaring away more bears. It was awesome. Communication from Active Travel was superb, would definitely recommend, and a great fair price too.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    We thank you a lot for your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Emma!
    star-5
    Great experience with Drops Of fear
    Stefan_S
    , May 2022
    The total number of Bears in Romania and the underestimatet Number published by gov.The very secialised skills of this species.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you for reviewing our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Stefan!
    star-5
    Good Bear Sightings With Patience
    Betty_C
    , May 2022
    We were picked a short ways from where we stayed in Brasov and drove to the meeting point about half an hour away. Our group was small, the ranger and four of us. He spoke clearly and explained what we needed to know well, as well as answered weird questions from the group members. We did manage to see a few bears in the hut, which is a distance away. We tracked through some mud and hilly areas, so hiking shoes or trail runners would be ideal. It got chilly by the time we left, which was 8:30 PM. What could have been better was if the ranger didn't put his hands on me, literally, showing me where the bear was and then again later asking if I was cold. In this day and age, that could easily have gotten him into trouble.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    We really appreciate your detailed review of our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Betty!
    star-4
    We are going on a bear hunt……
    Andrew_H
    , May 2022
    Obviously seeing the bears was what it was all about and we saw three young bear of varying ages interact with each other abs hang around for a considerable time. We also saw a fox and fleeting view of a badger as a bonus. Any lover of brown bears will get a lot out of this excursion provided of course they turn up! As the hide is quite distant do take binoculars and a camera with a decent telephoto if you have one. The hide is pretty basic with no heating so take plenty of layers outside the summer months. And be patient! We waited well over an hour to see bears. The guide was knowledgable and good on safety precautions. Thoroughly recommended
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Andrew, we appreciate your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov!
    star-4
    If you want to see wild bears go on this
    Angela_G
    , Apr 2022
    We saw two individual bears , one at the start and one just as we were about to leave. Great experience and very well run. Felt totally safe .
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you for your review about our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Angela!
    star-3
    Nice guide, No bears
    RyanMorgan
    , Oct 2021
    Unfortunately we did not see any bears. It is a risk you take when waiting for nature. But the guide was friendly and helpful.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Thank you so much for understanding the experience of Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Ryan!
    star-4
    Thrilling
    Marc
    , Aug 2021
    Nice experience. The guide was very late to pick us up at the hotel and the traffic (rush hour) was not factored in… When we arrived, there was already one bear at the feeding place. But i think because of the rain the bear didn‘t recognize us when we get into the hide. Later there came another one. When we went back there was a thrilling moment, because a bear stood directly in the middle of our way. The guide made some noises and it walked into the forest. The guide had some pepper spray with him but didn‘t had to use it. in the car he told a friend on phone that this was the first time something like that happens to him (friend of me understood some romanian ;) ). But for that he reacted very calm and competend. I would book it again!!! P.S.: the windows of the hide should be cleaned a bit… for better photos ;)
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    Thank you so much for your detailed review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Marc! We are very sorry for the late pick up issue.
    star-5
    Amazing experience to see the bears in their natural habitat
    Bianca_S
    , Aug 2021
    Really amazing experience to be able to see the bears in the wild, in their natural habitat. When we arrived we immediately saw 3 male bears, it was interesting to see how they behaved in relation to the alpha. Later we saw 2 more bears, a younger one and an 8 y old adult alpha. The ranger was very nice, explaining a lot of interesting facts about the bears’ behaviour. I would really recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    Bianca, thank you so much for booking with us this amazing experience - Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov! We really appreciate your detailed review! It helps a lot the future tourists to make the right decision.
    star-4
    Brasov bears
    Pawel_S
    , Aug 2021
    Very nice trip lasting approx. 4 hours, the guide spoke fluently English. Unfortunately, we've seen only 2 bears.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    Thank you for your review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Pawel!
    star-5
    Great experience
    Esther_P
    , Aug 2021
    Great experience. Friendly guide. Great service: collected at and brought back to the hotel. The bears were superb. We had a great view. Saw several bears among others we saw a mother and a young bear. I would definitely advise this trip.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    We thank you for your review for our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Esther! Indeed, tospot the brown bears from a hide, with a professional guide, represents a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
    star-3
    A different experience
    Cristina_R
    , Aug 2021
    You need a lot of patience, but it pays off to see bears completely wild in their natural environment, we saw three on our tour. On a things to improve side, the chairs in the viewing hut were not comfortable to sit on for 2-3 hours. Our guide, while friendly and willing to answer all questions, could have prepared a bit more facts or interesting things to discuss on the journey there and back, it's quite a trip and I think we all expected a bit more info/interaction on the journey, which got tedious..
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    Thank you for your review and your observation about our Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Cristina! We are so happy you have spotted 3 brown bears; so the experience was fulfilled! We have to keep in our mind we are going at a hide located in the nature to spot wildlife.
    star-5
    Great Bears and great Guide
    Fabian_W
    , Jul 2021
    Simply awesome! We saw 4 gorgeous bears. And lots of interesting scenes with the bears. Because of the tactic for attracting the bears, it is nearly guaranteed, that you gonna spot Bears. The guide was great and gave us lots of interesting informations and good entertainment :-) The group was only 6 people. All in all awesome experience! :-) Recommended 100%!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    Thank you for booking with us an amazing Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Fabian! Indeed, it is a life in a once time experience, especially we run our tours as small groups (maximum 8).
    star-2
    Bear
    nglseven2019
    , Nov 2019
    Should have been picked up at 4pm. Were not picked up till after 7pm.. 1 bear seen from the hide,, not the experience we hoped for..
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
    Would you be so kind to send me more details about your reservation! Why? Because only once for this season we experienced an issue: instead of 6 pm (not 4pm, as you wrote, by mistake I hope) my guide arrived at 7pm (the minibus had a technical problem and we had to replace it). We apologized at that moment and the clients understood the situation (thank you a lot for this)!
    star-5
    Fabulous Experience
    danrae
    , Oct 2019
    An amazing opportunity to watch bears close up. Exceptionally well organised. Superb guide, Tiberius. The highlight of my trip to Romania. Worth every penny.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for your review for Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov, Dan! Would be easier for the future clients to make a decision for booking a tour.
    star-5
    Fantastic
    Mark22don
    , Oct 2019
    Our guide, Tiberias was brilliant. Knowledgeable, friendly, easy going. Time went quickly, saw a bear within 5 mins, foxes, then 3 more bears. Loved it. The rangers are doing a great job protecting the bear population.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov is one of our bestseller product! We really thank you for booking with us, Mark!
    star-5
    Amazing!
    partytime7
    , Oct 2019
    Everything was great! We went into the forest where we saw 4 bears and 1 fox! Surely reccomend it!!!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you for your review for the Small-Group Brown Bear-Watching Experience from Brasov day trip.

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